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Roy Williams impressed by Florida State's balance

North Carolina will have one of its toughest matchups all year when No. 9 Florida State comes to town Saturday, and UNC coach Roy Williams is impressed with what he has seen from the Seminoles. Florida State has two seven footers—Michael Ojo (7-1), Christ Koumadje (7-4)— with a knack for blocking shots. Not to mention 6-foot-10 forward Jonathan Isaac. (Carolina Blue)

Three to know: No. 9 Florida State at No. 11 North Carolina

After it was announced that the Tar Heels would be without freshman big man Tony Bradley, who left Wednesday night’s win at Wake Forest with an apparent concussion, the Tar Heels faced the prospect on once again having precious few big bodies, which is less than ideal considering Florida State features one of the country’s tallest lineups. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC vs. Florida State Preview

No. 11 North Carolina welcomes Florida State to the Smith Center on Saturday as Leonard Hamilton’s ninth-ranked Seminoles bring their 12-game winning streak to town. The game tips at 2 p.m. on ESPN. The Seminoles entered the season unranked and were predicted to finish eighth in the ACC but have played themselves to the top of the ACC standings. (Inside Carolina)

No. 11 UNC Basketball Hosts No. 9 Florida State

North Carolina begins a two-game ACC homestand on Saturday, January 14 vs. Florida State. Game time is 2 p.m. The Seminoles are 16-1, 4-0 in the ACC. FSU is ranked ninth in the AP poll and 10th by the coaches. The Seminoles are tied with Notre Dame atop the ACC standings at 4-0; the Tar Heels are third at 3-1 and ranked #11 in the AP poll. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs. Florida State: Three things to watch

No. 11 North Carolina hosts No 9. Florida State on Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Smith Center. The Seminoles are tied for the ACC lead and are riding a 12-game winning streak. The Tar Heels are coming off a road win against Wake Forest and will have a tall task tomorrow. Here are three things Tar Heel fans should watch for Saturday against the Noles. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tony Bradley out for FSU game

UNC freshman center Tony Bradley will not play against Florida State on Saturday, according to North Carolina basketball. Per the report, Bradley, a 6-11, 240-pound center from Florida, has a concussion. Bradley banged his head hard on a fall during the first half of UNC's win on Wednesday at Wake Forest. He left the game and did not return. (Carolina Blue)

Carolina Insider Podcast: J.R. Reid

The latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast is now available featuring a fun conversation with former Tar Heel All-America J.R. Reid about his time playing under Dean Smith in the late 1980s, the 2016-17 season and more. Join hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas for all the Carolina news entering a big weekend of games. (GoHeels.com)

Kennedy Meeks enjoying a stellar senior season

North Carolina basketball has ripped off three consecutive ACC wins. The Tar Heels have done that behind a top-10 offense that continues to flex its muscles on the offensive glass. The main provocateur in this department is senior big man Kennedy Meeks. If you’re a generous grader, Meeks is averaging a double-double: 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. (ACC Sports Journal)

Podcast: Taylor Vippolis Special

On this week’s podcast, former UNC football player and current GoHeelsTV analyst, Taylor Vippolis, joins us to discuss UNC football and basketball as well as his role with GoHeelsTV. With so many departures for the NFL Draft, we discuss which players might play big roles next season. We also take a look back at this past week’s basketball games. (Tar Heel Blog)

What to look for as UNC basketball takes on Florida State

No. 11 North Carolina takes on No. 9 Florida State at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Smith Center. After a close call at Wake Forest on Wednesday, the Tar Heels look to prove they can hang with some of the conference’s tougher teams. UNC met the Seminoles just once last season — Brice Johnson put up 39 points and 23 rebounds in a 106-90 UNC win. (Daily Tar Heel)

Four Factor Friday: Board Games

North Carolina is 15-3 and 3-1 in ACC play as it prepares to host Florida State (16-1, 4-0 ACC) Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. After 18 games, this Carolina team is excelling in one of the Four Factors more than any previous Roy Williams UNC team. We’ll cover how the Tar Heels are keeping opponents off the offensive glass in this edition of Four Factor Friday. (The Secondary Break)

UNC basketball's balanced offense, winning in different ways

After defeating Wake Forest 93-87, UNC head coach Roy Williams was asked about winning games in different ways. At 15-3 --- the Tar Heels have been able to slow it down and grind out a win against Wisconsin, blow out a team like N.C. State, run with teams like Oklahoma State and Kentucky, and win late and close against Tennessee, Clemson, and Wake Forest. (Carolina Blue)

Four Corners: Big Weekend Ahead

The last week has seen a winter storm drop snow and ice on much of North Carolina, as well as a pair of Tar Heel basketball wins over NC State and Wake Forest. UNC is 3-1 in ACC play with a pair of huge conference home games looming. Ninth-ranked Florida State will visit the Smith Center on Saturday, and Syracuse will visit Chapel Hill on Monday. (GoHeels.com)

Small Lineups, Big Problems: Part II

There was nothing specific or obvious about the small lineups that caused UNC issues during Wake Forest's runs. If anything, the small combos should have been better (on paper) at defending Wake’s go-to offense of ball screen/dribble penetration/drive-and-kick. Many of the issues were likely related to Theo Pinson’s lack of floor time this season. (The Secondary Break)

Chansky’s Notebook: Big Enough, Good Enough?

Tony Bradley, or no Tony Bradley, may be the key to beating Florida State. Just when UNC’s basketball team was getting healthy, the Tar Heels may be without a key reserve when they face the hottest team in the ACC Saturday, first-place Florida State. If you saw the Seminoles dismantle Duke for their 12th straight win Tuesday night, you know what I mean. (Chapelboro.com)

Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 96
Florida State: 83
Sat, Jan 14 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Syracuse
Mon, Jan 16, 7:00 ET ESPN

UNC @ Boston College
Sat, Jan 21, 12:00 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Thu, Jan 26, 8:00 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Basketball Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Basketball Scoreboard
Syracuse0
at #9 UNC0
Monday 7:00 PM
White III 15.8 ppg, 1.4 apg; Jackson 17.9 ppg, 2.6 apg;
Scores provided by a third-party and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(15) Notre Dame5-016-2
(9) North Carolina4-116-3
(10) Florida State4-116-2
(12) Louisville3-215-3
(16) Virginia3-213-3
Georgia Tech3-211-6
Syracuse3-211-7
Miami2-211-4
(18) Duke2-314-4
Virginia Tech2-313-4
Boston College2-39-9
NC State1-412-6
Pittsburgh1-412-6
Clemson1-411-6
Wake Forest1-410-7

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